Is it stupid to sign up for a race where I might come in last?
Yesterday I didn’t get home from work until 7:45pm and then I had a bunch of chores to do and candle orders to catch up on so I skipped my cross training day. (Cecil did remind me to spend a tiny little bit of time with the roller…)
I’ve noticed that all the little extra rest days I tend to take each week fall on cross training days. It’s so easy to dismiss them as not important, but I know they really are. I absolutely MUST get back to strengthening my core.
Since I skipped last night I’m either going to add on a little bit of core work to each running day this week, or skip a running day and do a full cross training day. Not sure which one yet.
Now that I’m in the lull before marathon training begins (May 1st!!!) I’m looking for some small races to hold myself accountable to training. I was checking out this race called The Double Run which is a 10K + 5K on the same day.
The idea is that you run the 10K and then take a break before running the 5K. The 10K starts at 7:30am and the 5K starts at 9:15am.
I wasn’t sure how long the break is actually supposed to be in between the two since no pacing requirements are listed on the website, so I emailed the race director to find out. He replied that “most people will carry a decent pace.”
That’s pretty ambiguous so I asked if a 12:30 min/mile pace would be too slow, and he wrote back that at the last race approx. 30 people finished at a slower pace than that for the two races combined. That’s not very many people.
The idea that I could literally be the last person to cross the finish line is a lot for my fragile ego to handle, so I think I’m going to skip the race this year. Maybe I’ll be braver/faster next year!
So with that being said, I’m still on the hunt for a couple of small races to do in the coming weeks.
Ugh, I really want to run that Double Run….should I just do it? Who cares if I come in last? I mean, somebody has to be last. Why not me? Hmmmm… could be good motivation to actually commit to real speedwork … 🙂
Do you have any race day fears like coming in last or forgetting your body glide?
How do you choose which local/small races to participate in?